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Chelsea renew interest in Leonardo Bonucci, as Manchester City make formal approach - report

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Having already bought players of starting calibre in attack (Michy Batshuayi) and midfield (N'Golo Kanté), Chelsea are now turning attentions to doing the same in defence.  But since our stated intent is to search and wait for "right player" as opposed to just buying the first player available, it is perhaps unsurprising that according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, we have renewed our interest in Juventus centre back Leonardo Bonucci.

The Blues had reportedly approached Juventus with a €50 million offer for the defender in June, but the Bianconeri refused the bid as it didn't meet their asking price of €60 million.

Manchester City had been knocking about for a while now, too, and this latest report claims that they are in fact ready to meet Juventus' demands. City manager Pep Guardiola sees the 29-year-old as an ideal player for his squad, and the club is trying to attract him to Manchester by offering an €8m per-year deal.

Juventus haven't yet responded to City's approach, but the terms offered by City might be enough to convince Bonucci to move from Italy to England. Hopefully Chelsea step up and at least match City's offer -- Bonucci has repeatedly stated that he's not leaving Juventus, but if he is to leave after all, perhaps he'd be most willing to work with 'The Godfather' in this new adventure.

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UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, Juventus have reiterated their stance that Bonucci is not for sale in the wake of these latest rumors.  Carry on.